“Breathwork helps me cope with the challenges of life,” is how Sarah, a working Mom describes the practice.
“My body vibrates from my fingers to toes,” is what Jim, a single man in his mid twenties had to say after his first class.
“I cried about money, and not feeling worthy as a child growing up,” is how Jordana, a working grandmother described her feelings after practicing breathwork.
Have you been feeling stressed out with the pandemic, not seeing loved ones, or even the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection?
If this sounds familiar, then breathwork may help you, too.
Breathwork teaches us to release stress in an easy way – through exhaling. In breathwork you breathe with intention, which helps to over-oxygenate your blood stream.
It can be like five years of therapy in one session, and like therapy it can be intense.
A good breathwork class is all about breathing deeply, yelling, crying, sweating, laughing, and allowing stored-up pain to leave the body.
Breathwork is a spiritual practice to help you lower your stress, find a deeper consciousness, and heal your mind, body, and soul.
To practice breathwork you lay on your back, breathing in a rhythmic breathing pattern. Music is playing in the background, and your goal is to relax your body.
You breathe in two deep inhales. First in the belly, then in the chest. Then you exhale it all out.
It goes like this:
- Inhale in the chest
- Inhale in the belly
- Exhale it all out
You repeat these three steps non-stop for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Afterwards, you remain on your back, in calm and serenity for one to two relaxing songs.
My life is now divided into two life spans: Before Breathwork (BB), and After Breathwork (AB).
I became a breathwork teacher during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Breathwork is universal, and can help people of all ages. One class could have a profound impact on your life.
Students often have spiritual, mystical, and memorable experiences.
From single men in their mid twenties to grandmothers in their fifties to parents in their forties, this is what some of my students have experienced during their sessions:
Sarah finds calm after surgery
Sarah is a fashion designer, who worked from home during the pandemic. She is recovering from a surgery. At the same time she managed her young daughter’s at-home learning via Zoom.
She shared that “breathwork class makes my body tingle, usually my hands and feet within a few minutes of active breathing. The oxygen going into my brain makes me feel like I have a runner’s high afterwards.”
She practices her virtual breathwork sessions in a spare bedroom.
As many of us would, Sarah sometimes got frustrated with the at-home learning, while also managing her own life and recovering from surgery.
After weeks of classes, she shared that:
“Recovery from surgery had not been going as well as I had expected. I was angry at the doctor and even myself for not being in good enough health to recover. Through yelling in the class, breathwork showed me that I had been suppressing deep anger. While trying to stay positive about the surgery, the focused breathing during class opened me up.”
The surgery was a traumatic event, and she was frustrated. She shared: “Breathwork helped me choose to be grateful for the surgery, and made her feel lucky to be alive.”
Breathwork was more active than she expected. It brought up memories. After Breathwork (AB), Sarah felt a sense of calm and serenity.
Jim grieves his friend’s passing
Immediately after Jim’s first class, he was shocked and said “I am surprised as to how effective the breathwork class was. It took me to a similar state as to when I did LSD.” During class he cried, laughed, and yelled.
“Within a few minutes, my body began pulsing while my hands and feet tingled. I thought about my friend Max who died when I was nineteen. I cried. Obviously, I have some unresolved grief around that.”
Jim continued to share about the dream he had the night after class:
“That night, I had a lucid dream and slept deeply. In the dream, I had a chance to talk with my friend Max, and Max’s family. It was like we were catching up and having a conversation as if Max was alive. It was like we were reliving a moment together. Max told me that he is dead but not gone and that I can interact with Max through his memories.”
During the laughing portion of the practice, he said:
“I laughed when thinking about a high school memory of laughing with my friends. I had some funny friends in high school. I realized that I had not talked to many of them recently. After the class, I made a list of different friends that I hadn’t spoken to in a while. I have dangling friendships from life, and I’d like to make amends to people from my past.”
Breathwork surprised Jim, it brought up many old memories. He grieved for the loss of his friend. After Breathwork (AB), he felt a sense of peace and serenity.
Jordana heals tension with her ex-husband
Jordana is in her fifties with grandchildren, is divorced and has an office job.
She is a regular attendee of breathwork class. She carries general anxiety and stress related to her work, family, and ex-husband. She cried during the first few breathwork sessions.
She explained, “I cried about money, and not feeling worthy as a child growing up. I grew up around a farm in the midwest and money was hard to come by. Thinking about my childhood during breathwork brought up a lot of old feelings.”
After weekly classes, she started to sleep better at night. She had vivid dreams about her ex-husband.
She talked about a lucid dream:
“After breathwork, I had a dream about my ex-husband. We have had tension in our relationship that negatively affects myself, our children, and grandchildren. During one dream, I was in my bedroom with my ex-husband. I whispered in his ear ‘You are coming into my dreams, and I think we have some trauma to heal.’ Then we hugged.”
This was a breakthrough. She shared:
“A few weeks later, I attended my grandson’s birthday party. Last year at this party, I felt a lot of tension, and my ex walked out the back door when I arrived. This year, we hugged. I credit the breathwork experience in healing the relationship with my ex-husband. The tension is no longer there. Breathwork healed me, the relationship with my ex-husband, and alleviated the stress in our family.”
Breathwork helped Jordana grieve, revealing more pain than she anticipated. It brought up vivid dreams around her family. After Breathwork (AB), Jordana felt a sense of peace and serenity.
In these examples we have people of all kinds benefiting from the practice – from Moms to Grandmas to single men. It can change your life, even just with taking one class.
Breathwork is a coping skill to deal with the challenges of life. It is both invigorating and relaxing. It’s a way to reconsider how you breathe, something we do every moment of the day.
Breathwork helps the mind, body, and soul to heal and recover.
Whether it is dealing with daily stress, general anxiety or long-term grief – the practice is a natural remedy to the pains of life.
Seeing how breathwork helps heal people, it could bring you to the same too. Sign up to take a class with me Thursdays at 6:30 PST.
Note: All the names have been changed to keep the students anonymous.